Monthly : January 2018

Prof. M.V. Pylee

Prof. M.V. Pylee

Question- Recently Prof. M.V. Pylee passed away. He was-
(a) Environmentalist
(b) Educationist
(c) Human rights activists
(d) Doctor
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • On December 30, 2017, renowned educationist M.V. Pylee passed away. He was 95 years old.
  • He was Vice Chancellor of Cochin University of Science and Technology from 1977 to 1981.
  • He was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Central Government in the year 2006.

Reference:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/mv-pylee-passes-away/article22334858.ece

100th Annual Conference of the Indian Economic Association

100th Annual Conference of the Indian Economic Association

Question: Where is the 100th Annual Conference of the Indian Economic Association (IEA) being organized during 27-30 December, 2017?
(a) Gujarat
(b) Andhra Pradesh
(c) New Delhi
(d) Karnataka
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • During 27-30 December 2017, the 100th Annual Conference of the Indian Economic Association is being organized in Acharya Nagarjun University, Nagarjun Nagar, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.
  • On December 27th, 2017, President Ramnath Kovind inaugurated this conference.
  • The comprehensive main theme of this four-day conference is ‘India’s Development Experience’.
  • This is the oldest and largest institution of professional economists and policy makers in India, founded in 1917 by Prof. C.J. Hamilton.

Reference:
http://indianeconomicassociation.com/download/RegistrationBrochure100AnnualConference.pdf
http://www.ddinews.gov.in/national/president-kovind-inaugurates-100th-indian-economic-association-conference

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal launches 647 schemes for development of river island Majuli

Majuli Island

Question: The area of land mass of Majuli Island, stood as in November, 2016 as per satellite imagery?
(a) 502.21 sq km
(b) 520.38 sq km
(c) 524.29 sq km
(d) 556.49 sq km
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • On December 29th, 2017, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Protection, Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flagged off regular freight transport vehicles in Majuli (Assam).
  • This vehicle will run between Pandu and Dhubri via National Waterway-2 (NW-2).
  • On this occasion Union Minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for protection work to save the Majuli Island of Assam from flood and erosion.
  • Based on the recommendation of a committee of experts constituted by the Ministry of Water Resources, protection work was started in different phases in January 2004 for the rescue of the island from flood and erosion in Brahmaputra Board.
  • These works include the construction and strengthening of embankment on the river banks, laying of RCC screens and construction of obstructions.
  • Apart from this, Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for construction of Brahmaputra Board office in Majuli.
  • The estimated cost of construction of this office is Rs. 40 crores.
  • Majuli Island is surrounded by the vast Brahmaputra River in the south and Kherkatia, Suti, Louit Suti and Subansiri rivers in the north.
  • Based on the data received from the satellite, the area of ​​Majuli Island land was 502.21 sq. Km in 2004. It was 524.29 sq km in November 2016.

Reference:
http://www.pib.nic.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1514605

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